Monthly Archive for April, 2010

eTwinning ezine – Issue 3

The third eTwinning ezine is now out.

Click here to view it.

eTwinning Workshops at National Conference 2010

This year, the eTwinning National Conference will be held in conjunction with Embed 2010 at the Excelsior Hotel, Floriana, from the 19th May to the 25th May 2010. A variety of activities, including  a number of workshops, organized by eTwinning will be part of this event. The workshops are aimed at both registered members and teachers who would like to know more about eTwinning and collaboration through the use of ICT.

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Teachers interested in applying for one or more workshops are to send an email to etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt with name, surname, school, subject / year group taught, personal email address and contact number (tel / mob) or call Ms. Jeannette Cardona or Ms. Amanda Debattista on 25982150 / 79002150. Applications are on first come, first serve basis to a maximum of 15 participants per workshop for individual attention.

Applications are to reach us by Monday 10th May 2010.

eTwinning Competition for Teachers

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You can find more details and the evaluation criteria at Celebrate eTwinning’s 5th Birthday on 05/05!

eTwinning Competition for Students

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You can find more details and the evaluation criteria at Celebrate eTwinning’s 5th Birthday on 05/05!

The Best eTwinning Project Resources Awards 2010

eTwinning is currently receiving applications for a new kind of award this year. Teachers who have been carrying out class or school projects using any digital resources and / or ICT tools can apply for the Best eTwinning Project Resources Awards 2010.  APPLY TODAY!

This award is to showcase the teacher’s project in the Resources section of the eTwinning desktop. There is no need to have a foreign partner to participate.  If you are already an eTwinner, all you have to do is log into your profile, go to the Resources tab and click on the Upload tab to upload your resources. If any resource is larger than 15Mb, you can use external repositories to host them and just upload a document with the link written in it. Then send the application form to etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt by the end of April 2010

If you are not an eTwinner, but you have done a class / school project you can still participate! All you have to do is go to www.etwinning.net and click on Register Now! to get a login and password for your eTwinning profile. Then follow the steps mentioned above to apply for the awards.
More information about evaluating criteria and eligibility can be found in the Circular CMELD 45/10.
First prize winners in the Primary and Secondary section will represent Malta in the annual eTwinning Conference 2011 that will be held abroad. Other digital prizes will be given to the Best and Second Best Primary and Secondary Resources.
For further help, don’t hesitate to contact the National Support Service on 25982150 / 79002150 or etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt

Celebrating 5 years of eTwinning: special website now online

headerlogo5yrThe anniversary website for the 5 years of eTwinning is now online: http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/anniversary/index.htm. This website features the celebration events taking place at European level and at national level too. You can also register your school on the map on this site to show your participation in this event.

Once more the National Support Service would be very grateful if you could send us an email to show us what you are preparing to do to celebrate this event and photos or videos to document your celebrations afterwards. You can email us on etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt.

eTwinning Project of the Month: Interesting Places Around Me

3“Interesting Places around Me” is the name of the eTwinning project between San Gorg Preca College, Paola Primary B and Raimundo de Miguel School in Spain.

In this project our pupils are exchanging information about the village and the region they live in. They are writing about their favourite places in their village. They take photos and gather information and then use twinspace to upload their work for their counterparts to read. They have even talked about pre-historic temples, carnival and their school. In this way pupils are practising their English, learn about other cultures and enhance their ICT skills with the help of their teachers.

We tried to keep our project very close to our curriculum. We are using English as our means of communication thus our pupils are constantly using English, learning new vocabulary and enhancing their sentence structure. We have visited several historical sites in relation to Social Studies and pupils have written about them and uploaded power point presentations to show their friends what they have learnt.

21It is satisfying to see pupils work in groups and decide who is to take photos, who is to write the report and who is to make a power point presentation. We are now in the process of using Photosynth to show our Spanish counterparts our school foyer and a section of the exhibits at the Armoury at the Grandmaster’s Palace Valletta. These are the links to these Photosynths:

School foyer:  http://photosynth.net/edit.aspx?cid=B55AFDA5-BC8A-4A7B-A28C-71A1D85DBA53&firstview=1&wa=wsignin1.0

The Armoury:  http://photosynth.net/edit.aspx?cid=7BB37BA3-96FF-4D98-A39B-F93DC1E5A9E0&firstview=1&wa=wsignin1.0

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If you would like more information about eTwinning, registering to the Portal or starting off a project, please contact the eTwinning National Support Service on 25982150 or by e-mail on etwinning@schoolnet.gov.mt. We are always here to help :)